BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) – Canada will stick to a decision to withdraw its fighter jets from a mission against Islamic State militants despite last week’s Paris attacks, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday.
The group, also known as ISIL, claimed responsibility for shootings and bombings that killed 129 people. The violence prompted the United States, France, Britain and others to promise more strikes against the Islamist movement.
But Trudeau, who took power in an October election promising to pull out the six jets, said Canada could contribute more effectively in other ways and was considering how it could step up an existing program to train local troops in Iraq.
Trudeau was speaking to reporters at the end of a Group of 20 summit in Turkey. None of the other leaders present had asked him to rethink the jet withdrawal, he said.